I have very light skin and have a bit of a hard time finding light enough foundations. The lightest shade of this one, Ivory, matched perfectly. I have dry/sensitive skin and a lot of foundations make my skin look even more dry, but this one looks very natural. I apply it with a sponge and I find it's working out very well for me. The only complaint I would have is the packaging. I read somewhere they now have a pump, which is ideal. The one I got doesn't have the pump though, so you have to put it on the back of your hand and try not to pour too much. The foundation itself is so good and the color a very good match so I think I will repurchase when I finish this one.
I got this on sale for $17 ( it's usually $30+ here in Australia) in the lightest shade, Ivory. I had previously been using MAC studio fix fluid in NC15, which was alot more expensive and not better than this.
It has good coverage, definitely buildable but you really need to blend fast as it dries/sets quickly. Packaging is great, also comparable to MAC Studio Fix Fluid. Very sturdy packaging, it travels around in my bag ALOT and never leaks or smashes or anything. Will be buying this again!
Being someone who normally goes for the combination/oily formula, I was reluctant to try the normal/dry one. I wear the shade "Buff", but I recently discovered something a bit odd about the two formulas.The shades in both formulas have the same name, but are two different colors! "Buff" in comb/oily is a fair shade with an olive tint. However,"Buff" in norm/dry is a fair shade with a yellow tint. Normal/dry "Buff" matches my skin tone much better than the combo/oily "Buff". Love it!
First of all, I should have bought the oily skin version, for I have oily, sensitive, acne-prone skin. The shade I got is a bit dark/orange for me, Sand Beige 180 (I'm nw20), but it didn't bother me much. I consider this a light/med coverage and it does not work for me as I have acne and rosacea so I end up applying a lot of it. I don't like it's finish because, duh, it's for normal/dry skin and it obviously didn't last all day. Don't get me wrong, I gave 3 lippies because I think it'll work just fine for those with the right skin type, isn't expensive and did not brake me out.
I'm very impressed by this foundation. I bought it on a whim because I'd heard great reviews from a trusted fellow Aussie Youtuber (Jodik76) and also because it was on sale for AU$25 (normally $36) and I'm so glad I did!
I should clarify that I have OILY skin. I've tried the old version for oily skin and found it incredibly heavy and mask like so I thought I'd try the normal/dry skin formulation. First off, it is full coverage but the satiny finish makes it appear more forgiving and almost natural. I pump (LOVE that the new version comes in a pump bottle) some onto the back of my hand, dab it on my face then buff it all in with a Sigma F80. I top it with a light dusting of powder to set it.
I notice instantly that my pores are less visible and the redness is reduced. I find that a fairly light layer makes for decent coverage but it is buildable for those who want more.
The reason I'm so impressed by this is the lasting power. On my oily skin, the normal/dry formulation lasts ALL day. I apply this at 6am at the start of my day and by 8pm when I get home, it's only a little bit shininer than when I first applied without my having to touch up/powder. My skin remains relatively satiny and oil free which is amazing for me!
As a surgeon, I have to wear a mask all day and most foundations I've tried transfer onto my mask, wearing off in the T-zone and exposing my large pores. This does not budge and I am so impressed!
Will definitely repurchase when this one runs out!
I bought this on accident when attempting to repurchase regular Colorstay. I have it at home, I thought so I might as well try it, given that I am normal to dry anyway. Fail. I can tell within 5 minutes of putting it on that this is nowhere near the regular colorstay, which has me getting compliments on my skin on a regular basis. 1) the color is a touch more than half a shade darker, first problem. Doable in a pinch but not ideal. 2) It is not as much coverage. it is about half as much coverage, and is not buildable. This goes back this afternoon.
Have bought it again, bought it dirt cheap at the Melbourne Show last year and absolutely regretting not stocking up on it! Love it, made my skin feel amazing!
LOVE this foundation
After months and months of putting off buying this product, I finally caved because I just figured why not it was worth a try. Honestly, I have no idea why but I was so dead set against buying this foundation. Perhaps due to it being labelled "full coverage" I was turned off because I don't really like the traditional full/matte/cakey look.
Just a quick background on my skin... Dry to very dry to combination. My cheeks and forehead tend to be relatively normal, with varying degrees of dryness around my nose, chin, and between my eyebrows. I get bad redness where my skin is dry as well as on my cheeks, but not really any blemishes or acne to cover up.
Now for the real review: Before I start, I'd just like to say that I finally bought a moisturizer that is AWESOME. Its the nivea daytime one, can't remember the exact name (comes in a white pot). The comination of moisturizer and foundation is perfect for my skin.
The coverage is amazing. It is definitely full but not cakey. I only ever need one coat, so it might look a little cakey with more than that. With this foundation I only need a little bit of concealer in my problem areas. It doesn't cling to dry patches as I expected it would, but smooths over them wonderfully. Lasting power is amazing, it doesn't come off all day. I actually find this to look more natural on my skin than a handful of medium coverage foundations I have, and even some bb creams.
I have tried basically every other foundation I thought would be compatible with my skin type. The one I was using before (maybelline dream smooth mousse) can't even touch revlon colorstay. I find that because it is so long lasting, it doesn't dry out my skin but locks the moisture in.
I also feel that I should note my application techniques. I apply my revlon colorstay after I have cleansed and moisturized. I've found the best way to apply this and have it look the most natural is with a damp beauty blender sponge. A regular sponge would work well too, I imagine.
LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS PRODUCT
I'm on a 5th or 6th bottle of this foundation. I love that it has a satin finish but doesn't make me look shiny. I find that it can look cakey if you apply too much of it so very little goes a long way. I would say this probably stays on about 6-8 hours on me. If I wear a primer underneath, it's longer. I have dry skin and the normal/dry formula works great. I took one lippie off for the bottle with no pump but other than that I love this foundation and find that it's a good buy for the price.
(SORRY FOR THE LONG REVIEW BUT PLEASE READ) Okay so I was a bit hesitant on buying this foundation as my skin isn't too bad, so I usually prefer a lighter coverage foundation, just to even out my skin tone and not feel too heavy. Heavier coverage foundations always look cakey on me, so the slightest bumps and spots are always accentuated. I don't know why. I previously owned the Maybelline Fit Me foundation and loved the light coverage, dewy finish and the colour match system. However, this foundation only stayed on my skin for about 4-5 hours before coming straight off, just during basic school classes. So after hearing so many fantastic reviews on this foundation, I decided to take the plunge and see what the hype was about.
When I first put this on (using my real techniques stippling brush), I loved how easily it glided on and smoothed out, and didn't see the drying speed as too much of an issue. However, after a while I started to get really disappointed as I felt it looked really cakey and uneven and horrible. I took it all off and tried all sorts of different methods of application, until I realised that it was the thickness that was letting me down. I seem to prefer runnier foundations, so I put a blob of the foundation on a plastic container top and mixed in a pea sized amount of primer (I used Rimmel London's Fix & Perfect Pro primer). This worked SO WELL and glided onto my skin beautifully. I brushed it onto my skin using my Bobbi Brown foundation brush then smoothed it in with my hands and loved the finish. It feels so silky on my skin and SO lightweight.
Lastly, the staying power of this is INCREDIBLE. I walked through snow and rain to get home from school and I could barely notice a difference. Obviously some had come off, but there was still plenty left and I didn't look red and flushed like I usually do in bad weather.
Overall, I'm so impressed. I love this, it gives such a beautiful finish and the matte effect still looks natural, contrary to my previous beliefs. I'm so happy I spent the money, I would most definitely repurchase this, and I don't mind the lack of pump one bit. Sorry this is such a long review, but thanks for reading. :)